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Fargo radio legend Tom Wynn passes away at 83

Barry Amundson, FORUM

FARGO — Legendary morning KFGO radio broadcaster Tom Wynn has died at age 83, about three years after retiring from a 60-year career. Wynn, who retired in July 2017, passed away in the Twin Cities where he moved last June to be closer to family.

Wynn hosted “Tom Wynn & Friends” from 5 a.m. to 8 a.m. with Bonnie Amistadi and Doug Leier until his retirement. Prior to that, Wynn partnered with the late Larry Ristvedt for “Tom & Larry in the Morning.”

“I don’t think there is any question he was one of the biggest radio talents in Fargo-Moorhead,” said Derek Hanson, brand manager for KFGO, who worked with him starting in 1996. “He was so talented.” Hanson said the “old school broadcaster” had a “perfect marriage” with Ristvedt and brought laughs each morning to the audience. Ristvedt, the farm and ranch director at KFGO for many years, retired in 2010 and passed away three years later. Hanson said a broadcaster like Wynn is “hard to come by these days.”

Wynn work until late in life, and Hanson said it seemed like it was “more of a passion than work” for the broadcaster. Wynn worked at WDGY in Minneapolis in the early days of his radio career and came to KFGO from Lansing, Mich., in 1979.


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